Show #548 – March 28, 2021

Guests: Sara Dykman, Selene Yeager

In July of 2017, I spoke with wildlife biologist Sara Dykman. At that time, she was embarking on a 10,000 plus mile journey to follow the migration of monarch butterflies – by bicycle.

Starting in Mexico, bicycling up to Canada and then to the east coast of the U.S., she made the return trip to Mexico to complete a full migration cycle.

I caught up with Sara Dykman where she alighted in northern California for a bit.  In addition to writing a book, Bicycling with Butterflies, she’s begun a series of virtual chats about her trip and the book and is thinking about her next adventure.

Signed copies of her book and information on the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge virtual discussion and book club package can be found on  the Ottawa NWR website.

Then, we check in with Selene Yeager. Bicycling Magazine calls her the Fit Chick, and so do a lot of others.  But, she’s gone so far beyond that title with a podcast, a multitude of articles, and several books.

Among her many projects are a follow-up to her book ROAR and her podcast  Hit Play, Not Pause – which she says is for Feisty Menopause podcast for active, performance-minded women who aren’t willing to put their best years behind them.

Show #477 – November 2, 2019

Guests: Selene Yeager; Sam Wood; Secretary Leslie Richards

Our first show for November and it’s a three-fer!

I begin with Bicycling’s Fit-Chick, Selene Yeager. about her new book, GRAVEL! It has everything you need to know about the bikes, the terrain, racing, riding, nutrition, and finding that “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Then, it’s off to Australia for a chat with founder and owner of Bike Odyssey Tours, Sam Wood. He started out in archaeology and combining that with his love of history and bicycle touring, offers longer distance tours including his Hannibal, Othello, Lion Heart, and the new 2010 Allies: Normandy to the Rhine to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WW II. Fascinating conversation!

Lastly, I have an in-depth conversation with the Secretary of Transportation for the State of Pennsylvania, Leslie Richards. She’s an urban planner, the first woman to serve at Transportation Secreetary in the State, and has a new master plan for bicycling and pedestrian safety on the drawing board – about to be launched.


Show #236 – March 7, 2015

Guests: Custom builder Chris Connor; Coach, author, elite rider, Selene Yeager

I’m on my way home from NAHBS 2015 and will report on the nitty-gritty of the show next week. So, we prepared this episode of TOC especially for you before I left.

First up is our final frame builder interview for this year’s Hand Made Show. Chris Connor has built boats, furniture, and classical guitars; so, when he decided he wanted to get back to Colorado he took all his wood working knowledge and directed it toward building bicycles!

Chris Connor Wood Bicycles was the result and, in collaboration with the Louisville Slugger baseball bat folks, Chris will be showing a very special Louisville Slugger Connor bike built from baseball bat billets. Along with wooden handlebars and a specially made leather saddle fabricated from baseball mitt leather, this one-of-a-kind bicycle will be featured at the Louisville Slugger interactive museum after the show closes tomorrow where it will remain on display for everyone to not only see but also where visitors can turn the cranks and hear the baseball card flap in the spokes of the wheels.

Chris tells us a bit about his fabrication process, what to expect from a wooden bicycle, and why his clients love them.

After the news, we’ll head on over to Emmaus, Pa. to speak with one of the most dynamic women I’ve had the pleasure to interview.

Selene Yeager is a bundle of energy, inspiration, and fun and she shares her triumphs as well as her terrifying and heartbreaking story of how her college days almost led to a tragic end as she struggled with an eating disorder and how she found her way back to her bicycle and her life.

Selene is the author of Bicycling Magazine’s Fit Chick column, co-authored Rebecca Rusch’s book “Rusch to Glory”, and writes for many other publications. She is a proud member of the Rare Disease Cycling Team which sponsors the “Million Dollar Ride” – raising more than that in its inaugural year to help fund research and CURES for many unsung and underfunded disease.

Sit back and enjoy the show then meander over to our FaceBook page to get some highlights from this year’s North American Handmade Show.